Minnesota Department of Transportation

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A map of MnDOT District 4 airports.

A map of MnDOT District 4 airports.

Ownership of Airport

Number of Airports

Percent of State System

City with Population Less than 1,000 (7 NPIAS), includes 1 township

26

19%

City with Population Less than 5,000 (41 NPIAS)

74

55%

City with Population Greater than 5,000

30

22%

Airport Authority

23

17%

County

7

5%

State

1

< 1%

Statewide Initiatives

State Aviation System Plan (SASP) - a comprehensive plan that guides the development of Minnesota's system of airports and directs funding in a cost-effective manner. Efforts to update the plan began in 2017.

State-funded Programs

Airport Construction Grant Program - State Airport Fund grants are issued for a variety of projects including: planning, land acquisition, airfield paving, arrival/departure buildings, maintenance buildings, utilities, aviation fuel facilities, airfield lighting systems and certain qualifying equipment.

Airport Maintenance and Operation Program - State Airport Fund grants are provided to airports for specific documented, routine maintenance expenses up to a ceiling amount calculated by airport infrastructure.

Hangar Loan Program - The Hangar Loan Revolving Account can provide a loan to an airport for building new hangars. Loans are paid back in equal monthly installments over a specified period of time. Payment receipts are then loaned out again to other airports needing hangars.

Air Service Marketing Program - Access to air service in a community is vital for businesses with global markets and as a tool for economic development. MnDOT supports the preservation and expansion of airline service in greater Minnesota through this program.

Navigational Aids – Equipment that assists pilots in locating and successfully landing at airports. These include radio navigation, automated weather observation, and lighting systems. Minnesota invests heavily in these systems compared to many other states.

Ownership

Navigational Aid

State

Federal

Radio Navigation (ILS, NDB, VOR/DME)

64

43

Automated Weather Observation (AWOS/ASOS)

80

20

Total

144

63

Federally-funded Programs (FAA)

Airport Improvement Program (AIP) – Aviation Trust Fund monies provide grant-in-aid funding for planning, land acquisition, and capital improvement projects at Airports included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems (NPIAS). State Airport Funds may be used to support local shares of AIP funded projects.

MnDOT’s Regulatory Role

Airport Licenses - Airport licenses are issued to airports, heliports and seaplane bases. Each type of airport license has different requirements.

5010 Airport Inspections - MnDOT has been delegated authority by the FAA to collect and forward information on Minnesota airports, including verification of certain minimum safety requirements.

Commercial Operator License – This license is required for any business providing aviation services, such as: aerial photography, flight school, aircraft rental, aerial spraying, and aircraft maintenance.

Land Use Zoning – MnDOT provides technical assistance on land use safety zones and other Airport Zoning Standards. These standards prevent land uses that may be hazardous to the operational safety of aircraft using the airport, and protect the safety and property of people on the ground in the area near the airport.

Aviation Tax Collection – MnDOT collects aviation taxes to support the State Airports Fund. Sources include: aircraft registration, aviation fuel taxes, airline flight property tax, aircraft sales tax, and other fees (inspection, licensing, etc.).